We start off with something that most people enjoy – Pizza. Now, if you have ever walked through the various adjoining malls in Rosebank, Johannesburg, you would have noticed that there is an overabundance of places to eat. So if you are walking around, looking for the best pizza, then take a look at how the pizza’s from Sophia’s, Pizza & Vina, and Debonairs line up.

So how did we decide on what pizza? Well, instead of buying the same pizza from each restaurant, we instead asked the waiter to provide us with what they think was their establishment’s best pizza. After all, menu’s are merely suggestions to Johannesburg restaurant goers, and many in Jozi would rather ask what for a recommendation. The three pizza’s below where recommended by each restaurant respectively.

Sophia’s suggested the Diablo (bacon, mushroom, red peppadew, chilli, garlic) – price: ZAR76 (28cm diameter).

Pizza & Vino suggested the James Brown (chicken, BBQ sauce, bacon, guacamole, cheddar, red onion) – price: ZAR64 (32 cm diameter).

Debonairs suggested the Club (macon, salami, chicken, Debonairs sauce, parsley) – price: ZAR64.90 (29.5cm diameter).

Sophia’s fiery Diablo, Pizza & Vino’s generous James Brown, and Debonairs’ cheesy Club (from left to right).

The judging process was as follows. Each of the three judges gave a mark out of ten for each aspect of the pizza. We decided as a team that the pizza’s should be judged according to their aroma, flavour, base, cheese, amount of toppings, and the longevity of the taste after the initial swallow. Each judge awarded marks according to their personal likes and dislikes – no direction was given. 

The outcome is as follows:

WINNER: The best pizza in Rosebank (between 3 restaurants) as recommended by the restaurant is the Diablo by Sophia’s .

Taste: Winner – Sophia’s Diablo (25/30), followed by Debonairs Club (21/30), and ending with Pizza & Vino’s James Brown (17/30).

Base: Winner – Sophia’s Diablo (23/30), followed by Pizza & Vino’s James Brown (20/30), and ending with Debonairs Club (18/30).

Cheese: Winner – Debonairs Club (24/30), followed by Sophia’s Diablo (22/30), and ending with Pizza & Vino’s James Brown (16/30).

Topping amount: Winner – Pizza & Vino’s James Brown (22/30), followed by Debonairs Club (21/30), and ending with Sophia’s Diablo (17/30)

Aroma: Winner – Sophia’s Diablo (24/30), followed by Pizza & Vino’s James Brown (22/30) , and ending with Debonairs Club (16/30).

Longevity of flavour: Winner – Sophia’s Diablo (25/30), followed by Debonairs Club (20/30), and ending with Pizza & Vino’s James Brown (16/30).